View Full Version : Weekly inspiration pictures May 20-26

05-19-2012, 09:10 PM
Helo everyone! We have sunday morning here in China, so I thought I would post my photos first thing today.

These photos are all taken by me here in China, so feel free to use them to anything you want!


This cutie was not afraid at all, and got very close to him. This was taken in the province of Hunan in the hallelujah mountain near Zhangjiajie.


The mountains I mentioned above...


The vale in between the mountains...


The city of Fenghuan in the province of Hunan


Commorants in Fenghuan


The botanical garden here in my 'hometown' of Rizhao in the province Shandong


The park with the trees blossoming, it was so beautiful walking around just a few weeks ago!!!


And last, the day before yesterday I found a small pond with water-lilies in our park that I hadn't seen before.

I wish plenty of inspiration and happy painting time to everybody!!!

Jenny :wave:

05-20-2012, 06:58 PM
Thank you so much Jenny. These are very inspirational. The monkey is just too cute!

05-20-2012, 06:58 PM
Those are amazing, and ALL inspirational! Thanks so much for posting these! China is very beautiful!

I was surprised to see the 'Holland' picture, cute to include that!
But I'm very curious to know what the poles are doing next to all the large trees in the back?
My first impression is that they are propping up cardboard cutouts of trees, like on a movie set, lol...


05-20-2012, 08:11 PM
I am glad you like them!

Dragoon: yes, the 'holland' picture was funny to make, they seem to have a fascination with The Netherlands here in this town, because that have big windmills in another park as well, and tulips around them in the spring. My father is dutch, so I had to take this picture and send to him that I have encountered a piece of is homeland here in China... The poles are just for support. It is a new botanical garden, and they have been planting those trees in the last year or two, so before the trees has time to grow new roots they need support I guess...


05-22-2012, 06:35 PM
Jenny - WOW! These photos are so fantastic. Can we still use them after the week is over? I know I'll want to sketch more of them than I'll have time for in the next few days, they're so beautiful. I love the cormorants and the mountains and the water lily - everything!

05-22-2012, 07:00 PM
Hi Robert: of course you can!! You can use them to anything you want! I am glad you like them! :)

05-23-2012, 03:32 AM
thank you, wawou, great photos, the monkey looks so serious lol

05-23-2012, 12:22 PM
Great inspiration pics!

I took a stab at the water lilly.....

stratmore visual journal 140lb WC 5x8



05-23-2012, 12:50 PM
Wonderful scenery. Thanks for hosting! :)

Doug - great job on all the petals and structure of the lily. I would have a mess on my hands if I tried that one.

05-23-2012, 08:26 PM
Doug, your lily is lovely.

05-23-2012, 10:19 PM
Here's another attempt....

Loosely based on the tulip pic.



toowoomba sketcher
05-23-2012, 11:05 PM
Wow! I just signed up to this forum :wave:

That is great that you are providing your photos for some practise.

A friend at work gave me some water soluble graphite pencils the other day, they would work well on the misty mountains.

05-24-2012, 04:54 PM
Thanks Jenny for lovely images.
Doug both of them are loose and wonderful , love those tulips.

05-24-2012, 06:07 PM
Doug, those are both really nice! I like how you've greatly improved the composition of the Holland picture!
The texture of the sky is interesting, is that the paint or the paper doing that? Cobalt paint maybe?

Welcome toowoomba! I'm drooling over the mountains picture too, and yes, water-soluble graphite would be a hit! But be warned, it is not easy to work with if you make some paint out of it (by dropping a piece of the core into a few drops of water).
Of course, experimenting is where the fun's at...


toowoomba sketcher
05-24-2012, 06:33 PM
Cheers Dragoon, I did some experimenting last night, albeit breifly it was a lot of fun.

I normally draw with black pen but there was no way the misty effect could be achieved easily with solid lines.

toowoomba sketcher
05-24-2012, 06:34 PM
Some funny rule, I had to submit two posts before uploading an image, here is my attempt at the misty mountains.http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/24-May-2012/1068812-20120525081532628.jpg

05-24-2012, 08:32 PM
Heya all!! I am so glad that you are enjoying my photos, and I am so happy to see your takes on them!!!!

Doug: the waterlily is lovely, and I love how you have rendered the mill with tulips, it looks more like a scene seen while driving in the Netherlands, and not in a garden here in China...

Toowoomba: soluble pencils are great, I use them every now and then for sketching as well. And you captured the 'mistiness' well in your mountain drawing!

I hope to see more...;)


Vivien Maloney
05-24-2012, 10:48 PM
Hi Jenny - thanks for the wonderful photos! I've might not get a chance to do them just now but I've saved several for later.

05-24-2012, 11:30 PM
Lovely sketch Toowoomba.
Here is my take on waterlily.
Thanks for looking.

05-26-2012, 11:52 PM
Hello. . . Marriam, very nice form and color on your waterlily.

Toowoomba, I really like the misty feel you achieved with the mountain! Very nicely done!

Doug, both are well done, but the tulip field is my favorite. . really like how you suggested the field of tulips without doing every single one. Nice!!!

Thank you, Jenny, for hosting and sharing your great pictures!!

my waterlily, pen and markers


05-27-2012, 05:24 PM
Doug, great take on the "Holland" in China picture.

Toowoomba, graphite was an excellent choice for the misty mountains. Welcome and great rendering.

Marriam, seems water lilies are the most used. You've done marvelous with that reference.

Rainy, excellent as always.

Now, I'm sorry I've been absent for several days. I'm having the only bathroom in the house renovated and am not at home. Where I am, the internet is intermittent. No one has signed up for this week and I am unable to get any pictures today. I hope to do so either this evening or tomorrow. In the meantime, carry on with these lovelies from Jenny. :)

05-28-2012, 09:14 PM
Oh, they are both lovely Marriam and Rainy! It is fun to see how you can get totally different compositions out from the same reference photo...

Debby: if you still can't get any pictures up due to the internet, I have plenty more, so I can post this evening if there is a need!


05-28-2012, 11:13 PM
Here's a little monkey business......



05-29-2012, 02:03 AM
He is too cute Doug!!! Well done :)

05-30-2012, 12:57 PM
Cute monkey, Doug.

Thank you Jenny, that would be marvelous. I really am not getting online enough with all of this. I hope to be able to return home on Sunday.